notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Pours a hazy dark gold, with a soapy lace - a lot of crystal malt sweetness in the aroma, which combines with the strong hops to create a candied citrus kind of quality - medium carbonation, fairly full-bodied - not what I was expecting in a winter ale - spicy amarillo hop bitterness and peppery character surrounds a center of chewy sweet malts that get sweeter and more bread-like near the finish - those hops never leave the tongue, though, and their spiciness combines with the alcohol warmth in the finish - like a strong APA - a winter ale for the hop head, as if Yulesmith weren’t enough. Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Pours a dark amber and smells of the fjords. Taste is a little bitter with decent hop overtones and an overall pine and citrus impression. Odin himself would be impressed with this one! For that matter, so would Greg Oden. MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2008
[Bottle] shared by skyview. Pours a clearish caramel with a small soapy beige head. Aroma is lots of caramel and raisin, alcohol, and a little vanilla. Bitter, caramel, raisin, chalky, citric hops, and a medium mouthfeel. hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Bottle… Post RBSG ’08 O-Town/Vero Beach Throwdown Chapter 8… Hazy, light amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Very discreet, malty aroma. Medium-bodied with tingly carbonation. Leans on the bitter side of balance. Lengthy, modestly bitter finish. skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2008
On tap at the all three locations and in bombers over the years. Had up to a 3 yr aged. Pours a darker amber with some lighter orangey red tones to it. Piney dark fruit and malted aroma that’s fairly heavy, alochol is noticable. Flavor is big and malty with lots of fruit intertwined with a thick bready yeast body. Medium to thick. Fairly carbonated allowing spice to bounce across the tongue. Finishes heavy in the piney citrus realm borderlining an IPA. Good stuff! With aged, the hops mellow fairly and the plummy dark fruit malts stant out a bit more. Recommended.
JK (6289) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Mild hop and malt aroma. Sweet caramel and malt in the flavor, some light, dried fruits, and malt. The alcohol is perceivable. Low carbonation. Smooth, full palate. Solid all around. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Pours a lightly hazy dark orange color, with a small off white head. Smells of a pretty decent juicy hop presence, with an evident malt character, and some yeast. The flavor has a good amount of hops as well, providing a sharp bitterness on the palate. Some malt and citrus are their for some complexity. Lots of bready yeast in the finish which I didnt care for much, but still drank pretty nice. Hoppier than I thought it would be. mabel (9787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2008
[1309-20080418] 1pt6floz bottle. Sweet faint notes of hoppy juicy orange and sweet malt in the aroma. Slightly hazy, light brown orange body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Dark sweet malt flavour with roasted hops and a sweet malted yeast aftertaste. Medium-full body has a bitter finish. NOt expected but nice and drinkable.
Stine (1799) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2008
(w/ blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc, tupalev)
Overheard: "It’s kind of like chewing on a marigold but it’s bitter."
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Clear bronze-copper. Candycorn and caramel sweet aroma. Brown sugar and golden raisin. Wholly confectionary, but dark. Big blackened sweetcorn and buttered toasty cornbread flavor. Honey. Cloying and off putting. Papery woodiness. Somewhat wine-like at times, but with more basic bitterness than initially suggested. Semi-wooden, medium bodied and lightly carbonated palate. Plain muddled stone and berry fruit and their dry skins in the finish. Content to be boring. Thanks Bob! badgerben (5325) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Courtesy of Skyview. Copper color with no head. Caramel and biscut aroma. Strong, biscuty flavor. Slightly burnt toast.